BRAWLEYÂ â€” The Brawley Elks Club held its annual luncheon for all first responders in Brawley Sunday, September 11, as a thank you for all they do for the town.
All first responders were invited, including Brawley Police, firefighters, and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Â The Elks served hamburgers and hot dogs and provided a place to relax for an hour. Â The food and respite offered first responders time to unwind and grab a bite to eat before going right back out onto the streets.
â€œItâ€™s nice of them, and itâ€™s a good club,â€ said Fire Captain RodgerÂ Smith.Â The Brawley Elks Club has held this luncheon for years, according to Â Smith.
“It’s good for us to be out in the public,” said firefighter Alberto Cosio, “We’re just ordinary people.”
It was a special day in the fact that it was Patriot Day, or rather 9/11, the day first respondersâ€™ lives in New York and Washington D.C. were on the line.Â They still are every day they work in Brawley, and the Elks wanted to show appreciation.
â€œThey work so hard to keep our community safe, and they donâ€™t always get a lot of kudos for it,â€ said Chairman Ron Stillman.